It is no secret that our passion at Mosquito Joe is helping our neighbors. We enjoy helping you make your yard a mosquito-free area where you and your family can play itch-free. But in other parts of the world, mosquitoes aren’t just an annoying part of summer, they are a deadly part of daily life.
Malaria is a life-threatening disease caused by parasites that are transmitted to people through the bites of infected mosquitoes. The World Health Organization reports approximately half of the world’s population is at risk of malaria. That is a staggering statistic when you think there are 7 billion people on Earth. World Malaria Day is this Thursday, April 25. Instituted by World Health Organization Member States during the 2007 World Health Assembly, this day highlights the need for continued investment for malaria prevention and control. The campaign theme for 2013 is Invest in the future. Defeat Malaria.
When you see overwhelming statistics about this deadly disease, you may feel helpless, but in our quest to always help our neighbors (even across an ocean) the Mosquito Joe team found a way to help, and we wanted to share that opportunity with you. According to the World Health Organization and their partnership with Roll Back Malaria, one of the most effective and inexpensive ways to prevent the spread of malaria is to provide insecticide-treated bed nets to communities where malaria is endemic. These long-lasting nets cost just about $10 each and work by creating a protective barrier against mosquitoes at night, when most transmissions occur. Widespread community use of insecticide-treated nets provokes a decline in the mosquito population, which helps to protect those who do not sleep under nets. At the same time, malaria can be treated with effective medicines that cost on average just $2.00 per treatment course, so no contribution is too small. Below are some foundations that you can donate to and help stop the spread of malaria.
Against Malaria Foundation
100% of your donation buys long-lasting, insecticide-treated mosquito nets. The Against Malaria Foundation ensures nets end up over heads and beds.
Nothing But Nets
Your donation will be used to buy long-lasting, insecticide-treated mosquito nets, deliver them to at-risk populations, and provide education on their proper use.
Nets for Life
Your donation will be used to buy long-lasting, insecticide-treated mosquito nets, deliver them to at-risk populations, and train community leaders to teach malaria prevention and treatment methods.
Malaria Consortium is dedicated to delivering effective prevention and treatment to people in Africa and Asia.
Thank you for helping us as we recognize World Malaria Day and support efforts to defeat malaria.
Source: Photo from http://www.againstmalaria.com/Distribution_Gallery.aspx